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Freedom of Information - What you need to know

Tagged with foi, data protection, data protection officer, freedom of information
by Adam Brogden
in Blog

01-Mar-2021 13:31

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows for public access to information held by public authorities. The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has its own Freedom of Information Act 2002.

Public authorities include government departments, local authorities, the NHS, state schools and police forces. However, the Act does not cover every organisation that receives public money, such as charities

The Act, however, does not give people access to their personal data and they should instead make a subject access request. However, recorded information can include documents, emails, photographs or video recordings.

Your business may not even be eligible to receive a Freedom of Information Act, however, it is important to know the distinction between it and a SAR. This highlights that your DPO needs to be informed in all areas of Data Protection so they can respond to requests from the public correctly.

Don’t forget, at Optindigo, we are GDPR experts who are here to help. We can also be your EU Representative. We are GDPR experts who can advise you on topics such as the power to share or accountability. You can set-up your European Representation agreement within five minutes

Contact us at or call us at 01772 217800 and get your EU Representative today.